Skip to comments.STSS Satellites Successfully Launched
Posted on 09/30/2009 11:08:25 PM PDT by ErnstStavroBlofeld
A critical space-based capability was added to America's ballistic missile defenses Sept. 25 when two U.S. Missile Defense Agency (MDA) Space Tracking and Surveillance System (STSS) Demonstrator satellites built by Northrop Grumman were launched aboard a Delta II rocket. "This demonstration will show the inherent advantages space sensors bring to persistent missile tracking and engagement," said Gabe Watson, vice president and STSS program manager for Northrop Grumman's Aerospace Systems sector. "Space-based sensors will augment existing radar to enable missile tracking through all phases of flight from boost through intercept."
The United Launch Alliance Delta II rocket, with the tandem-stacked STSS demonstration satellites secured in its nose cone or fairing, lifted off from Cape Canaveral at 8:20 a.m. EDT. Within the first hour after lift-off, the two satellites began separating from the launch vehicle, as well as each other, in a sequence of automated maneuvers that inserted them into low-earth orbit.
During the next several months, the STSS Demonstrator satellites will undergo an early on-orbit test phase involving checkout of all space vehicle subsystems, ending with payload sensor calibration.
Lessons learned from the demonstration will be used by MDA to guide decisions about the development of an affordable, continuously available, operational, precision track space sensor constellation
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but, but .... our president said that missile defense shields don’t work and are a waste of money ....
He meant for the enemy - they don't work for the enemy. But, they work great for us, which is exactly why he doesn't want them.
SOSL... Appreciate your frequent attention and postings about various military endeavors.
Tracking missiles via satellites is a good thing. Without a missile DEFENSE system in place, the tracking only tells us they are coming.
I’ve no respect for Obama and have lost respect for Gates, based on decisions made this year regarding our defense budget items and current situations.
The “walk softly but carry a big stick” quote apparently didn’t fit well with Obama’s plans, as he only walks softly.
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